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Uber Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles, CA

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Across Los Angeles, people rely on Uber as a convenient way to get around. When you get into an Uber, you expect to have a worry-free ride. You expect to have a safe ride. No one expects an easy rideshare to turn into a nightmare after a serious crash. When you are hurt in an Uber accident, you have a right to demand full compensation for any injuries and losses you suffer. Unfortunately, the liability of Uber can quickly become a complex legal issue. If you have been injured in an accident with a rideshare vehicle, get help from an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer now.

At Custodio & Dubey LLP, we have more than 40 years of experience and a proven track record of successful settlements and verdicts for our clients. You can trust our legal team to aggressively pursue the full compensation you deserve after an Uber crash.

Contact Custodio & Dubey LLP today for a free case evaluation with a Los Angeles Uber accident attorney. Remember that when you choose us to represent you, you owe no fees until we recover compensation for you.

Who Is Responsible for Your Crash: Uber or the Driver?

Most companies are responsible for the negligence of their employees, but Uber is a little different. Uber states that it does not “employ” its drivers. Instead, the rideshare company says that its drivers are independent contractors. That distinction gives Uber limited liability for the car crashes that its drivers cause.

In most car accidents, when another driver is to blame for your crash, you pursue that driver for your damages. In many Uber accidents, that same rule applies, and the driver is held liable rather than Uber. There are a few situations where Uber might share responsibility for the accident. For example, if Uber violated state laws when hiring the driver who harmed you, you could sue the rideshare company for your damages.

Even though Uber is not liable in many crashes involving its drivers, the company does carry insurance to help accident victims in serious collisions. The amount of coverage available for an Uber accident depends on the circumstances of the crash. At a minimum, the Uber driver must be logged into the mobile application for Uber’s coverage to apply.

If the driver is not logged into the app, then only the personal auto insurance carried by the driver applies.

If the driver is waiting for a ride request, Uber provides $50,000 per person or $100,000 per incident of bodily injury liability coverage and $30,000 of property damage coverage.

If the driver has received a ride request and is driving to pick up a passenger, or if a passenger is in the vehicle, the coverage increases to $1 million of commercial insurance coverage. The company also provides $1 million of uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage when passengers are traveling in the Uber vehicle.

Your Los Angeles Uber collision attorney can advise you on how to submit your claim and what coverage applies based on the circumstances of your case.

Demanding Fair Compensation After an Uber Accidents

As with any motor vehicle accident, an Uber accident can leave you with serious and life-altering injuries. You may be entitled to seek compensation for damages you have incurred as a result of an accident that was not your fault. That compensation may cover:

  • Medical expenses, including ER visits, surgeries, or other medical procedures
  • Physical and occupational rehabilitation
  • Mental health therapy
  • Home health or personal care costs
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment or quality of life

What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in an Uber Accident in L.A.

If you have been involved in an accident with an Uber vehicle in Los Angeles, take these steps to help protect your legal options for pursuing compensation:

  • Call 911 or contact local law enforcement to notify them about your accident. The officer who comes to the scene will prepare an accident report.
  • Get the contact and insurance information from the Uber driver and all other motorists involved in the accident.
  • Collect contact information from any eyewitnesses to the accident.
  • Photograph the accident scene, including vehicle damage, traffic controls, and lighting, weather, road, and traffic conditions at the time of the accident. Also photograph any visible injuries you suffered.
  • Get checked out by paramedics at the accident scene or go to the emergency room or your primary physician. Be sure to follow your treatment plan.

Finally, contact Custodio & Dubey LLP for a free case review. You can talk with one of our Uber accident attorneys in Los Angeles about your legal rights and options.

Time Limit for Filing an Uber Accident Lawsuit in California

Under California’s statute of limitations, you have two years following your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you wait too long to file suit, the court will almost certainly dismiss your case. That means you will have lost your right to seek compensation in court.

California Uber Laws

In California, Uber is regulated by the state’s laws and regulations for “transportation network companies” (TNCs).

TNCs are required to register with the California Public Utilities Commission and submit annual reports about their drivers. They must report any incidents involving their drivers and vehicles, the number of hours and miles driven by their vehicles, any law enforcement citations and toll violations, driver training programs, and data about ride requests on the rideshare company’s platform. TNCs are also required to perform DMV record checks for all drivers on their platform.

In addition, TNCs must provide (either themselves of through the driver) primary insurance coverage on a sliding scale depending on the circumstances that exist at the time of an accident:

  • App open, driver waiting for a match— $50,000 per person/$100,000 per incident for bodily injury and death, $30,000 per incident for property damage.
  • Match accepted, driver on the way to pick up passenger— $1 million in commercial coverage.
  • Passenger in the vehicle— $1 million in commercial coverage and $1 million in uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
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Uber Applicant Requirements

Uber has these requirements for applicants and their vehicles:

Uber applicants must:

  • Possess a valid California driver’s license
  • Undergo a criminal and driving history check
  • Have at least one year of driving experience in the U.S., or three years if under the age of 23
  • Possess their own personal auto insurance policy in addition to the insurance provided by Uber

Uber vehicles must:

  • Be no older than 15 years
  • Be a four-door vehicle with five or more seats
  • Be in good condition with no taxi decals or taxi-style paint
  • Conform to California regulations for passenger vehicles
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How a Uber Accident Attorney in Los Angeles Can Help You

If you have an Uber accident injury, you may face significant difficulties in pursuing compensation from Uber or the at-fault driver. The attorneys of Custodio & Dubey LLP can help you by:

  • Conducting our own independent investigation into your accident to recover all available evidence;
  • Working with accident reconstruction and computer forensics experts to determine who was at fault for your accident and establish whether Uber has liability to compensate you for your damages;
  • Facilitating great medical care for your injuries;
  • Being available 24/7 to answer your questions and keep you updated on the progress of your case;
  • Filing insurance claims and handling all communications with insurance adjusters and defense attorneys on your behalf; and
  • Preparing to take your case to trial to fight for full compensation if a settlement cannot be reached.

Schedule a free initial consultation with an Uber accident lawyer in Los Angeles at Custodio & Dubey LLP. We do not charge any fees upfront to begin work on your case, and you only pay us if we secure money for you.